During these difficult times, you might be finding yourself sitting for most of the day. This can be dangerous as sitting for prolonged periods of time can negatively impact your health. Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between sitting for long periods of time to a number of health conditions, such as increased blood pressure, obesity, neck pain, and lower back pain.
This is where stretching can really help in alleviating those symptoms and lead you to a healthier lifestyle.
Keep reading to see how stretching can help you stay happy and healthy.
Stretching has many benefits to support a healthy lifestyle. To just name a few, stretching can:
- Reduce the risk of injuries
- Increase flexibility
- Increase energy
- Decrease stress
- Improve the quality of life
- Increase range of motion
- Improve blood flow and circulation
- Improve posture
- Fix imbalances
The common misconception is that you should stretch before exercising. But studies have shown that it is actually the opposite. Stretching straight after a long period of inactivity could actually cause more harm than good, as your muscle fibers are not prepared and this could lead to damages. This is why it is important to do some light exercise such as a 5-10 minute walk prior to stretching to warm up the muscles and prevent any injuries.
To stretch properly, make sure you are holding the stretch for around 30 seconds. During the stretch, you should be feeling constant tension in the area you are stretching. If you feel any pain during a stretch, you should stop immediately, as this could be a sign of injury or tissue damage. If the injury persists you should speak to a physiotherapist.